Race club gives back to those who served

RACE DAY: Jeptoo, ridden by Hannah Phillips, wins at last year's Kilcoy Race Day
RACE DAY: Jeptoo, ridden by Hannah Phillips, wins at last year's Kilcoy Race Day Contributed

KILCOY Race Club president Con Searle is passionate about giving back to those who gave their lives for our country.

That's why he is creating a special day for the service men and women of Australia.

"We want them to have something special,” Mr Searle said.

"We have Anzac Day and other days like that but we wanted a special day that acknowledged the service men and women who have given their life.

"I think I speak for all of us at the club when I say we are all very mindful of the sacrifices these people have given to us.”

Mr Searle said Kilcoy Race Club work alongside a group of retired soldiers called the Kilcoy Diggers to help set up, run and pack up the event.

He said the club donates money to them and they allocate it across several groups.

"We donate a substantial amount back to them and they then allot that to different army organisations who may need it,” Mr Searle said. "The money ends up helping people like homeless soldiers or those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Kilcoy Race Club will be holding a Veterans Race Day on Saturday, August 19, from 11am.

The event includes six gallop races, three trot races and three mini trot races as well as a raffle and a feature race.

For more information call the club on 54971128.

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